Bank robber, Armed with roses

A $2.2-million marijuana grow op, theft of a tractor, and thieves who splash feces on their victims’ clothes
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British Columbia: Three men were arrested last week after the RCMP busted a $2.2-million marijuana grow op—18,000 plants, 20 greenhouses—in Eaglet Lake, near Prince George. Authorities say the operation may be the biggest of its kind to be uncovered in the province’s history. The next day, RCMP in Williams Lake arrested five men in connection with a 9,000-plant grow op.

Alberta: A man in his forties, armed with a bouquet of roses, is wanted for a mid-afternoon robbery last week of a Royal Bank branch in Calgary. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Manitoba: Two Carberry, Man., men are facing charges in connection with the theft of a tractor from a farm in southern Manitoba. The men are accused of taking the tractor, worth an estimated $180,000, for a joyride, resulting in extensive damage, after finding the keys inside.

Ontario: Four people were robbed in downtown Toronto last week by a team of thieves who splash feces on their victims’ clothes when they’re not looking. After the squirt-bottle attack, some members act as a distraction by pointing out the soiled clothes and offer to help clean them. That’s when another member swoops in after the money.

Newfoundland: A 30-year-old, who allegedly bit off part of one man’s ear and head-butted another man at a St. John’s bar last week, was charged with aggravated assault and uttering threats. The man had been under house arrest for a 2008 conviction and, as part of that sentence, was required to steer clear of three downtown bars. But not Spin on George Street, where last week’s alleged incident took place.

Nova Scotia: The Truro Justice Centre was broken into last week and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the offices where motor vehicle fines are paid. Also in that building—the local sheriff’s office.